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Photo-Worthy Attractions Worth a Snap or a Selfie

February 11, 2022 By Rachael Horne

Who doesn’t love sharing vacation photos? While we think all of our partner attractions have something to offer as a photo op worth sharing, some lend themselves to being top-notch backdrops. We’ve rounded up a few of the best Instagrammable attractions to inspire your next trip.

Skydeck Chicago

The Willis Tower is the third tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and you can step outside of it for a truly cool photo. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck. You’ll get a one-of-a-kind view and photo of Chicago.

Empire State Building

The observatory views are grand, but don’t pass up a photo-op with King Kong. Touch Kong’s hands which have broken through the walls and feel them vibrate as he growls, huffs and puffs in frustration and anger. Planes circle outside the windows, just as they did in the original 1933 film. Empire State Building is an NYC icon for a reason. The views from the top are inspiring.

Top of the Rock

Atop the famous 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Top of the Rock’s three levels of indoor and outdoor observation decks deliver spectacular, unobstructed views of the city skyline. With terraces facing east, west, north, and south, the panoramic sights make it an ultimate observation deck in NYC.

Edge at Hudson Yards

One of the newer additions to the NYC skyline, Edge at Hudson Yards is the highest sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. Look 100 stories down from the thrilling glass floor, lean out over the city on angled glass walls and if you’re so inclined, sip champagne in the sky.

Space Needle

Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle’s Space Needle got an upgrade in 2018 to enhance the already spectacular views of Seattle, Elliot Bay and Mt. Rainer. The improved views are thanks to open-air glass walls that tilt out toward the city and Skyriser glass benches.

Bonus: The Skyhigh Selfie cameras mounted around the top of the observation deck will snap your photo in front of the Seattle skyline with the push of a button in the Space Needle app.


In addition to the remarkable collection of painting, sculpture, photography, design, and media arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s light filled architecture makes it very photogenic. Look for the massive murals, neon signs, and abstract sculptures for a fabulous backdrop.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Aquariums are full of cool colors and movement, but can be hard to photograph. Luckily Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto has a few stellar spots to snap a shot. The Planet Jellies gallery is beautifully exhibited in backlit kreisel tanks and color-changing displays. Get a shark selfie at the underwater gallery, Dangerous Lagoon.

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager exhibit is the Atlanta attraction’s largest and the most Instagrammable spot. Whale sharks, manta rays, sawfish and dozens of other species make for some frame-worthy photo ops. There is also a glass tunnel under a section of the tank that makes for a great spot to get shots looking up from below.


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